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Daily Deals: A selection of romances, some erotic, and a YA

A Hint of Frost      by     Hailey EdwardsA Hint of Frost: Araneae Nation by Hailey Edwards. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

Hope dangles by a silken thread.

Araneae Nation, Book 1

When the head of the Araneidae clan is found poisoned in her nest, her eldest daughter, Lourdes, becomes their clan’s new maven. If her clan is to survive, she has but one choice: she must marry before her nest is seized. All she needs is a warrior fierce enough to protect her city and safeguard her clansmen. Such a male is Rhys the Cold.

Born the youngest son of an impoverished maven, the only things Rhys has to his name are his sword and his mercenary reputation. His clan is starving, but their fondness for the flesh of fellow Araneaeans makes them unwelcome dinner guests. Torn between loyalty to his clan and fascination with his future bride, Rhys’s first taste of Lourdes threatens to melt the cold encasing his heart.

Amid the chaos of battle, Lourdes’s sister disappears and is feared captured. Lourdes and Rhys pursue their enemies into the southlands, where they discover an odd plague ravaging southern clans as it travels north, to Erania. Determined to survive, Lourdes will discover whether she’s worth her silk or if she’s spun the thread by which her clan will hang.

Warning: This book contains one mercenary hero with a biting fetish, one determined heroine who gets nibbled, and an answer to the age-old question, “What does dragon taste like?” Matricide and sibling rivalry are available upon request. The house special is revenge, best served cold.

E_bookpushers says that it is a slow developed  arranged marriage romance with two virgins. Seriously, how can you not download this book? 

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Lynda's Lace (City Heat Series #1)  by     Lacey AlexanderLynda’s Lace by Lacey Alexander. $ 2.09

From the Jacket Copy:

ook 1 in the City Heat series.

Lynda Phelps loves sex.

Wild sex.

Naughty sex.

Kinky sex.

But when debonair Jordan Ellis enters her life, Lynda finds herself hiding her dirtiest desires, afraid that if he knew, it would soil the pristine image he holds of her. He keeps giving her delicate lace lingerie, after all — when she’s definitely a leather sort of girl at heart. She knows she should tell him the truth, let him see the real her, but she’s too crazy about him to risk it. Little does she know that the usually straitlaced Jordan has started having some pretty kinky fantasies of his own — and he’s going to turn them into reality when she least expects it. Before it’s over, Lynda will discover that a little lace can be a lot of fun.

Note: The City Heat series is loosely related to the Hot in the City series, but can definitely be read as stand alone books.

Also, as the series name implies—hot things happen in this city! Lynda’s Lace features explicit scenes of f/f and f/f/m interaction. You have been warned..

I’ve found the ” ” series to be rather porn-y in that it seemed focused on sex for the sake of sex with little emotional interaction or development. Others have told me that they think this series is one of the better examples of erotic romance.

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The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight Jennifer E. SmithThe Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.

I wish you could see my face right now. It is rueful. I paid $6.99 (I think) for it a week ago. The paperback was released last week. If only I had waited… I was disappointed by the book: ” While I liked the voice, my problem with this book was the same as many other reviewers’ problem with this book. We spent 80% of the book listening to the resentful (and righteously so) thoughts of Hadley about her cheating father and 20% recovering from it.”

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Blue Angel      by     Logan Belle Blue Angel by Logan Belle. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

One woman is about to get the surprise of her life. . .

Mallory Dale doesn’t like surprises. So when her boyfriend, Alec, takes her to a burlesque club for her twenty-fifth birthday, all she wants is to go home and crawl under the covers. But then beautiful burlesque star Bette Noir pulls Mallory on stage, and before she knows it, she’s stripped down to her bra in front of a roaring crowd—and loving every second of it! Now she’s in for an even bigger bombshell: the glamorous Bette wants to be Mallory’s private tutor in the tantalizing art of the striptease. Exploring the world of burlesque awakens Mallory’s true sexual nature, but if she devotes herself to her newfound sensual pleasures, will she risk losing Alec—or can she really have it all?

The critical reviews say that there is more sex than character development and it is the first in a trilogy. You might not have a satisfactory HFN at the end of book 1 and given that this is an erotica book, the ending to the trilogy might not subscribe to expected romance standards.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Carrie G
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 14:16:08 is having a “Flash Sale” on it’s Bargain Bin books today. The sale is 40% off 5 or more books bought from the Bargain Bin and that ship directly from BWB. I find most of my used books there, often ones I haven’t been able to find elsewhere. The sale is today only.

  2. Jae Lee
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 14:28:22

    Am I the only one reading/pronouncing that first title as “aryan” nation?

  3. Angela
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 14:29:23

    I really enjoyed A Hint of Frost, and can’t wait to read more in this series. Really well-developed romance and world. And you definitely can’t beat the free price.

  4. Brian
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 14:31:37

    Through 1/27 folks can get 30% off at using code HAPPYJAN30

    Also VoucherCodes40 will still get you 40% off at Kobo through 1/31 (unlimited use).

  5. MaryK
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 16:08:11

    I’m in the middle of A Hint of Frost and really enjoying it. I’ll likely be buying the other books in the series. I almost passed it up because I thought it was just another PNR but after reading the blurb more carefully I realized it was Fantasy Romance.

  6. Nikki
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 20:18:10

    I also support Hint of Frost as something to get. I liked book 2, and am waiting for book 3 now. I really liked her characters and this book made me go back and giver her other books a chance. There is definitely a slow pace to it, but I feel like the relationships end up being more believable. Also, the spinning is so interesting!

  7. Kaetrin
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 21:21:34

    @Jane “I wish you could see my face right now. It is rueful. I paid $6.99 (I think) for it a week ago. The paperback was released last week. If only I had waited… ” That is karma for laughing at me when I didn’t get the first 2 Between the Lines books when they were self published and had to pay through the nose for them. Karma!

  8. MK69
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 21:00:26

    @Jae Lee:

    It’s pronounced Aran-ay. The word is taken directly from the scientific name for spider (google it) and if you read the book you will see why. Not sure why you would pronounce that with a y in the middle??

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